The Empty Stocking Project
The EmptyStocking Project begins in September when local agencies and schools identify children in need. They give us the first names and information for the children and we match them with sponsors. Generous and loyal “friends” sponsor these children by fulfilling their holiday wish list. Gifts from sponsors are collected, checked and last minute shopping done. The agencies retrieve the bags and deliver the gifts to the child’s family by mid-December.
Without the help of our “friends” who sponsor children or make cash donations, our Empty Stocking Project would not succeed. Individuals, families, civic groups, and businesses assist us each year and are the heart of the Empty Stocking Project and the reason it is successful year after year.
SNACpack (Saratoga Nutrition Assistance for Children) is a weekly backpack program that provides child-friendly food for children grades K-12 in the Saratoga Springs School District who are considered "chronically hungry". Children who live with food insecurity, known as being chronically hungry, have much higher rates of depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, mental illness and behavioral issues.
The Board of SNACpack is so grateful for the partnership they have with Saratoga County Children's Committee, because we have helped make the Birthday Bag Project come to fruition.
Every child is special, every child needs to be acknowledged and every child should be celebrated!
Back to School Program
Coordinating with local agencies including Economic Opportunity Council, Saratoga Mentoring, Franklin Community Center, Saratoga Mental Health as well as our elementary, middle and high schools. We provide back packs, school supplies, calculators, clothing, shoes and basic toiletries to local children and teens. Our goal is to equip the students with the required school supplies they need. In doing so we hope to empower the students and encourage a positive beginning of a new academic year.
Each summer, we sponsor numerous kids to attend local day camps and sleep-away camps. We've supported campers for Camp Saradac, The Franklin Community Center, Saratoga Mentoring, Gavin Park and the YMCA.
Special sponsorships have included horseback riding, dance, and music camps. Our contributions to these agencies grow each year.
Our agencies contact us with special requests. Some examples are bedding, clothing, baby equipment, shoes, sneakers, and prom gowns. We also provide help for a budding musician, promising ballerina, and a future athlete.